Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Small businesses are paying out millions of pounds for advice on employing people

The HR Consultants will love this. According to eGOV monitor:

"Small businesses are paying out millions of pounds for advice on employing people which they could be getting for free, according to a new Government study." [I haven't found the survey yet on the BERR website! RC]

"Four in ten small businesses admit turning to external advisers for guidance on employment related issues including legislation, training, recruitment and retention, according to research from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).

"BERR has launched a campaign to help businesses cut the time and cost involved in employing people.

"Small businesses can visit www.businesslink.gov.uk/employingpeople for simple, practical advice and guidance on the full range of employment issues, from taking on staff through to dismissals and redundancies."

"The site includes calculators and interactive guides to help businesses understand their legal obligations and save themselves time and money.

"Interactive features of the site include:
o An employing people checklist
o Downloadable written statements of employment
o A new redundancy tool, which enables employers to produce redundancy statements.
o An interactive tool to calculate how much holiday staff are entitled to
o An interactive tool to help with managing new and expectant mothers in the workplace
o The facility to sign up for email alerts about new and changing regulations."

A few minor points:

As a business owner, if only it were that simple.

I do not have the time to wade through employment legislation - that's why I employ an expert to do this, someone at the top of their game who knows what they are doing.

PS I also employ an IT specialist (Matt), accountant (Rob), publicist (Sue), web designer (Tim), graphics artist (Patrick) solicitor, and many other 'consultant/experts' even though I know that much of what they do/offer may be in the public domain. And this is because I am relatively cash-rich but time-poor.

They call it delegation.

Or shall I work another weekend?

Maybe BERR should try attending an Employment Tribunal sometime... How many new employment laws in the last 10 years?


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